Turntable.fm, the increasingly hot social media site that allows users to DJ songs for listeners in virtual rooms, has signed a licensing deal with ASCAP that will ensure that songwriters, composers and publishers will be fairly paid for the use of their music. The blanket license cements the legitimacy of the site, which had previously operated in a legally dubious gray area protected at least in theory by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
Remixers If you’re into sampling, remixing and mash-ups grab the sample packs and a cappellas for download and you can upload your version back into ccMixter, for others to enjoy and re-sample. All legal.
In 2009 Open Rights Group campaigned heavily against a proposed Directive aimed at extending the term of copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The Directive flew in the face of all the credible evidence... ...Looking at the impact on the UK, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge argued that extending the term of protection will 'likely to have a significant, negative effect, on balance of trade' and that 'it would be particularly inadvisable, given our present state of knowledge, for a rational policy-maker to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings.'
Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution Bricolage has been a driving force in any culture since the dawn of times, from the dadaist’s and Hell’s Angels to the beatniks and the punks. This act of re-appropriating and building upon existing media artefacts and cultural expressions has by the media industry been considered to be “piracy”, but – as panelist Sam Howard-Spink from NYU puts it: “piracy has been defined as any activity that the media industry disapprove of”.
The very point of fair use is that it's supposed to allow for creativity without permission. Even in a society dominated by copyright, at least our courts and regulators recognized the need for creativity built (in part) on what came before, without having to go through the tollbooths of requiring permission to create. However, some recent events have shown how the DMCA and other attempts to beef up copyright law are trying to erode the very notion of fair use without permission.
SinkDeep alerts us to the news that a bunch of DJs are upset after discovering that SoundCloud took down a bunch of the mixes they had hosted on the service. If you're not familiar with SoundCloud, in the last few years, it has become one of the most popular tools for musicians and DJs to host their music. It offers a really nice toolset for anyone looking to promote their music online (and for others to build apps on top of it). SoundCloud has also been a pretty big supporter of open culture, supporting things like Creative Commons along the way. ...
The World Copyright Summit is a truly international and cross-industry event addressing the future of the creative community and the entertainment business in the digital economy. All stakeholders involved in creative industries – creation, licensing, usage, collective management, legislation and dissemination of intellectual property and creative content – now have a unique forum to exchange views on the value of creative works, the future of authors’ rights, the role of creators and their collective management organisations.
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In a recent blog Michael Robertson, of MP3tunes fame, declared that the US-based personalised internet radio service Pandora will never be a profitable business – because of the high royalty rates it has to pay music companies. Pandora, created by Tim Westergren, recently filed an S-1 document with the US stock market regulator the SEC, as a prelude to selling stock to the public, stating that it had paid $45m (half its revenue) in music royalties.
As a songwriter and musician, my initial reaction to this was that 50% of revenue is not extortionate by any means, considering that without music Pandora would not exist...
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